Volunteer Opportunities

Whether caring for animals, managing adoption events, raising funds or working in our office, volunteers are a very important part of PAWS Chicago.

PAWS Chicago’s Lincoln Park and North Shore Adoption & Humane Centers

70% of our efforts at the Adoption Center are supported by volunteers. Together, we are empowered to save thousands of homeless cats and dogs. All volunteer opportunities at the Adoption Center focus on getting to know potential adopters and providing them with the educational information and resources to help them find their perfect match.
Lincoln Park Adoption Center: 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago
North Shore Adoption Center: 1616 Deerfield Road, Highland Park (*projected to open in mid-2014)
Prerequisites: All PAWS Chicago volunteers need to attend a New Volunteer Orientation prior to signing up to volunteer.
Volunteer Hours: Vary from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Welcome Center Volunteers

Responsibilities: Provide an excellent customer experience for potential adopters, welcome guests into the Adoption Center, provide initial information to get them started (whether browsing animals or interested in starting the adoption process) and be the ambassadors of PAWS Chicago.
Training: On-site training is provided
Volunteer Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday; 10:30 a.m. 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
* Lincoln Park Adoption Center

Adoption Counselors

Responsibilities: Provide an excellent customer experience for potential adopters, meet with potential adopters and guide them through the adoption process. Work with potential adopters to match them with appropriate animals and educate them on how to integrate their new pet into their home.
Prerequisites: Complete eight full shifts in either Dog Town or Kitty City as a Level 1 volunteer before attending a formal training session and shadowing experienced AC’s.
Ongoing Commitment: At least one Adoption Counseling shift/month

Adoption Center Tour Hosts

Responsibilities: Provide walking tours of the Adoption Center and introduce guests to the mission of PAWS Chicago.
Prerequisites: Volunteers should be comfortable speaking to a group and have the ability to customize the content of presentations to fit each group’s demographic (i.e. young children, teenagers, adults). Volunteers should have a great working knowledge of the Adoption Center and have a solid understanding of the history and mission of PAWS Chicago. Tour hosts should have a minimum of Level 1 training, in Dog Town and/or Kitty City.
* Lincoln Park Adoption Center

Adoption Center Front Desk Volunteers

Responsibilities: Provide excellent customer service for all guests and assist adopters/potential adopters with their needs. Provide staff with phone support and answer questions about PAWS animals, policies and general organizational information.
Prerequisites: Volunteers should have a great working knowledge of the Adoption Center and have a solid understanding of the history and mission of PAWS Chicago. Front desk volunteers should have a minimum of Level 1 training in either Dog Town or Kitty City.
Ongoing Commitment: Volunteers should be able to commit to two shifts a month.
* Lincoln Park Adoption Center

Adopter Follow-Up Program

Responsibilities: Act as a liaison between PAWS Chicago and our adopters by providing continued support post-adoption. Volunteers will call adopters after an adoption has taken place to check on how the pet is doing in its new home. Provide any necessary support or resources and answer any questions.
Prerequisites: Volunteers should have a great working knowledge of the Adoption process and enjoy working with people. Volunteers should have a minimum of Level 1 training in either Dog Town or Kitty City.
* Lincoln Park Adoption Center

Kitty City

Our mission is to create a No Kill community by saving the lives of cats and kittens in need of loving homes and providing a friendly, courteous and educational environment for potential adopters.
Volunteer Hours: Vary from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Kitty City Level l Volunteer

Responsibilities: Provide an excellent customer experience for potential adopters, help keep the Center and animal suites clean, assist with basic care, help match potential adopters with “Level 1” animals and answer guests’ questions about PAWS Chicago and the adoptable animals. During the morning hours when the Center is not open for adoptions, volunteers assist with the care and feeding of the cats. In the afternoon, the focus is on helping potential adopters find appropriate pets.
Prerequisites: Complete Kitty City Level 1 training
Ongoing Commitment: Complete a minimum of one shift per month

Kitty City Level 2 Volunteer

Responsibilities: Provide an excellent customer experience for potential adopters, help keep the Center and animal suites clean, help potential adopters meet “Level 1” or “Level 2” animals and provide them with education information and resources to help find their perfect match. Volunteers may also serve as a Lead Volunteer and help train or guide “Level 1” volunteers and ensure that Kitty City etiquette is followed.
Prerequisites: Complete 12 full shifts in Kitty City before attending Kitty City Level 2 training
Ongoing Commitment:
At least 8-10 hours/month of volunteering as a KCL2 volunteer
Host a minimum of 1 KCL1 training class/month

Location Manager

Responsibilities: Provide an excellent customer experience for potential adopters, ensure that the Center and animal suites are clean, manage and lead all volunteers in Kitty City on the weekends and make all volunteer assignments. Ensure a safe and clean environment for animals and guests and ensure all volunteers provide a positive customer experience for potential adopters.
Prerequisites: Spend at least three months as an active KCL2 volunteer and demonstrate leadership before attending Location Manager training.
Ongoing Commitment: At least 1 Location Manager shift/month

Dog Town

Our mission is to create a No Kill community by saving the lives of dogs and puppies in need of loving homes and providing a friendly, courteous and education environment for potential adopters.
Volunteer Hours: Vary from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Dog Town Level 1 Volunteer

Responsibilities: Provide an excellent customer experience for potential adopters, help keep the Center and animal suites clean, assist with basic animal care, and help potential adopters meet “Level 1” dog suites and feed the dogs. During the morning hours when the Center is not open for adoptions, volunteers assist with the care and feeding of the dogs. In the afternoon, the focus is on helping potential adopters find appropriate pets.
Prerequisites: Complete Dog Town Level 1 training
Ongoing Commitment: Complete a minimum of one shift per month

Dog Town Level 2 Volunteer

Responsibilities: Provide an excellent customer experience for potential adopters, help keep the Center and animal suites clean, and help potential adopters meet “Level 1” or “Level 2” animals and provide them with education information and resources to help them find their perfect match. Serve as a Lead Volunteer, oversee “Level 1” volunteers and ensure that Dog Town etiquette is followed.
Prerequisites: Complete 12 full shifts in Dog Town before attending Dog Town Level 2 training at a cost of $75.
Ongoing Commitment:
At least 8-10 hours/month of volunteering as a DTL2 volunteer
Host a minimum of 1 DTL1 training class/month

Dog Town Level 3 Volunteer

Responsibilities: Provide an excellent customer experience for potential adopters, assist in suite and Center cleaning, walk and interact with Level 3 dogs, conduct dog-to-dog interactions, assist potential adopters in meeting “Level 1, 2 or 3” dogs and assist with the pairing of current dogs. Train new volunteers and certify “Level 2” Dog Town volunteers.
Prerequisites: Complete all requirements for DTL2, demonstrate leadership and strong handling skills before being invited to attend Dog Town Level 3 training
Ongoing Commitment:
At least 4 hours/week as a DTL3 volunteer
Attend updates as new Level 3 dogs are identified
Help coach/train DTL1 and DTL2 volunteers

Location Manager

Responsibilities: Provide an excellent customer experience for potential adopters, help keep the Center and animal suites clean, manage and lead volunteer-related activities in Dog Town on the weekends and make all volunteer assignments and roles. Ensure a safe and clean environment for animals and guests and provide a positive customer experience for potential adopters.
Prerequisites: Spend at least 3 months as an active DTL2 volunteer and demonstrate leadership before attending Location Manager training.
Ongoing Commitment: Complete a minimum of one shift per month

Family Service Program

The Family Service Volunteer Program is available to children over 12, who are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, where they can help enrich the lives of homeless animals and serve as advocates for the animals. This program will educate families and create future leadership for the animals.
Volunteer Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday morning, 9: 00 – 11: 00 a.m. (Limited to 5 families/day: Sign up online beforehand)
Location: Adoption Center, 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue

Family Service Volunteers

Responsibilities: Interact and support the care of PAWS Chicago cats, dogs, puppies and kittens and assist with daily care at the Adoption Center (suite and Center cleaning, food delivery, etc.). Volunteers will also help with special projects that will benefit homeless animals.
Prerequisites:
Each child must be between 12-17 years old and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
Each parent must sign a Waiver of Liability
Each parent/child will have an orientation and training on PAWS Chicago policies, procedures and guidelines prior to volunteering for their first shift
Each session is limited to 5 families (5 adults and 5 children) so each family needs to sign-up online ahead of time.
* Lincoln Park Adoption Center

Family Service Host

Responsibilities: Inspire teenagers to get involved with PAWS Chicago! Train new family service volunteers, integrate them into the Adoption Center and mentor them on how they can do their part to eliminate pet homelessness. Volunteers must enjoy teaching, working with teens and have knowledge of PAWS Chicago’s procedures and protocols.
Training: Training will be provided by current hosts prior to your first shift. Dog Town or Kitty City Level 1 training required prior to host training.
Ongoing Commitment: Complete a minimum of one shift per month
* Lincoln Park Adoption Center

Family Service – Pet Food Bank Volunteers

Responsibilities: Meet with families at the time of their monthly Pet Food Bank pick-ups, assist in organizing donations in our Pet Food Bank Pantry, and assemble food packages for upcoming appointments.
Prerequisites:  Each child/parent will first participate in the Family Service orientation. Each child must be between 12-17 years old and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Location:  PAWS Chicago’s Rescue and Recovery Center (3516 W. 26th St., Chicago)
Volunteer Hours:  Commitment of one Saturday each month from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
* Lincoln Park Adoption Center

Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic

Volunteering at the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic involves assisting staff and enabling the PAWS Chicago team to operate a high volume Clinic. The volunteer experience consists of two primary areas of focus: Customer Service and Surgery Support.
Volunteer Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 8: 00 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m.
Location: Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic, 3515 W. 26th Street

Clinic Responsibilities:

Customer Service: Contact clients regarding their surgery date and prepare client files. Volunteers also help ready the lobby for client releases.
Surgery Support: Assist with animals post-surgery (including cleaning ears, clipping nails, putting e-collars on dogs, placing animals in their cages or carriers, spot cleaning, surgical instrument cleaning, prepping syringes, various administrative support and laundry).
Post-Surgery Support: Assist with animal releases; spot clean, restock supplies, help with end-of-day laundry and next-day preparations.
Training: Previous veterinary experience is not required, but this position if well-suited for those who are comfortable in a surgical environment and are not allergic to any animals. On the job training is provided.
Attire: Comfortable clothing and shoes with proper traction.

Clinic Customer Support

Responsibilities: Maintain organization of medical records, confirm surgery/vaccination appointments via phone, prepare e-collars and cardboard cat boxes, prepare surveys for clients, organize supplies and donations, prepare holding room for next day customers, etc.
Requirements: Spanish speaking a plus.
Volunteer Hours: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am – 6pm.

Rescue & Recovery Center

Volunteer opportunities in PAWS Chicago’s Rescue & Recovery Center focus on animal care, customer service, intake, getting dogs ready for adoption and assisting in our foster program.
Volunteer Hours: 8: 00 a.m.-5: 00 p.m.; 7 days-a-week
Location: Rescue & Recovery Center, 3515 W. 26th Street

Animal Care Volunteers

Responsibilities: Walk and socialize dogs, provide daily animal care, including helping to keep the Center and animal suites clean (including laundering towels and sheets for animal suites), and help maintain tidiness by organizing donations, animal carriers, crates, etc.
Requirements/Training: Attend a New Volunteer Orientation prior to volunteering in this position. Dog Town Level 1 training is highly encouraged so that volunteers are familiar with proper dog handling for various types of dogs and are knowledgeable about the types of leashes/collars used at the Center.

Neonate Volunteers

Kittens who were abandoned and no longer have a mom, or are too young to care for themselves, require special volunteers who are able to provide them with the essentials to help them survive and thrive. Neonate volunteers help bottle feed young kittens, administer medications, weigh them to ensure proper growth, and help kittens groom and clean themselves until they are healthy enough to be on their own.
Requirements/Training: Attend a New Volunteer Orientation prior to volunteering in this position. Kitty City Level 1 training is highly encouraged.

Animal Transport

Responsibilities: When needed, volunteers will transport supplies and/or animals to/from the Adoption Center (i.e. chauffeuring animals to/from medical or therapy visits, picking-up donations or helping with special event transport).
Prerequisites: Must have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a PAWS Chicago vehicle or your own vehicle, possibly with a crated animal inside.

Cat Owner Relinquishment Clinic

Responsibilities: Volunteers help clean and set-up cat cages for the Clinic and for current adoption animals. In addition, volunteers will interact with and show compassion toward people who are relinquishing their cat(s).
Requirements: Volunteers should be knowledgeable of proper cat handling techniques and have an understanding of spay/neuter and why it is important.

Meet Your Match

Responsibilities: Volunteers conduct the assessment which assigns the color and canine-ality for the Meet Your Match Program.
Requirements: Volunteers need to have 20 hours of dog walking experience with PAWS Chicago which can be completed at the Adoption Center or the Clinic. Volunteers should also be comfortable handling dogs of all sizes and with a variety of activity levels. Being comfortable with using a computer is also a plus.

Intake Volunteers

Responsibilities: Volunteers assist with the behavioral assessment of dogs at Chicago Animal Care and Control (ACC) and interact with staff members and volunteers at ACC.
Requirements: Volunteers should have knowledge about dog behavior and be comfortable handling dogs with whom they have no history. Volunteers should also understand human body language to canines and canine body language to humans and recognize body language that could lead to aggressiveness. All volunteers need to be able to foster a working relationship with Chicago Animal Care and Control.

GusMobile

The GusMobile, PAWS Chicago’s mobile Spay/Neuter van, will provide Chicago communities with spay/neuter services who are in the most need.
Volunteer Hours: A volunteer team of 4-6 volunteers will dedicate one Sunday a month to the GusMobile from May to October. Various volunteer hours are available.
Location: Petco parking lot located at 11720 South Marshfield, Chicago

Morning Lead Volunteer

Responsibilities: Assist in coordinating the volunteer team by confirming each volunteer’s shift and arranging car pool if necessary. This volunteer will set up the customer check-in area and, once the customers arrive, will also help with customer check-ins and animal placement, both before and after surgery. This volunteer will be the go-to person to make sure the clinic customers are set up for a smooth and pleasant experience.
Ongoing Commitment: Commit to one Sunday a month from May to October
Volunteer Times: 7:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Afternoon Lead Volunteer

Responsibilities: This volunteer will relieve the morning lead volunteer and help the customers with any remaining check-ins. The Lead will also assist with the placement of animals before and after surgery and also prep the check-out paperwork and assist with pet pick ups. At the end of the day, the volunteer will break down the customer service area after all pet pick ups are complete.
Ongoing Commitment: Commit to one Sunday a month from May to October
Volunteer Times: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Morning Customer Service Volunteer

Responsibilities: This volunteer will be key to getting everything set-up for each day and providing excellent customer service to guests. This volunteer will also help the Lead coordinate the check in process.
Ongoing Commitment: Commit to one Sunday a month from May to October
Volunteer Times: 7:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Afternoon Customer Service Volunteer

Responsibilities: This volunteer plays an essential role in ensuring the customer service experience is great. The volunteer will assist with any remaining check-ins and the placement of animals. Once the day is complete, this volunteer will also help with customer check-outs and the break down of the customer service area.
Ongoing Commitment: Commit to one Sunday a month from May to October
Volunteer Times: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Community Outreach Volunteers

Responsibilities: Situated outside the mobile Gus Spay/Neuter Clinic, these volunteers will be the spokespeople for the event. Volunteers will hand out educational materials and GusMobile Spay/Neuter Clinic information. Volunteers in this role will be a great resource for the public as they have questions about the Clinic and the benefits of spay and neuter.
Ongoing Commitment: Commit to one Sunday a month from May to October
Volunteer Times: 7:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Foster Program

Fostering is an integral part of our organization. By utilizing a dedicated volunteer network and a home setting to get animals rehabilitated and ready to be re-homed, we can help animals that we would otherwise not be able to facilitate. It is through foster homes that more animals are given the chance at life they deserve.

Foster Program Coordinator

Responsibilities: Work with fosters as they bring their animal(s) in for surgery or medical re-checks, train new fosters on the most important things to look for and do as a new foster parent, gather information on the animals behavior and disposition during their foster period, and assist with the new animals going into foster. We are looking for volunteers who enjoy with working with both people and animals.
Training: On-site training is provided.
Volunteer Hours: Volunteers will commit to 1-2 days a month for a 4-hour volunteer shift which are available on Sundays -Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day of the week.

Volunteering as a Foster Parent

Responsibilities: Welcome a homeless animal into your home and provide him/her with food, water, toys and lots of love. Our medical staff will provide all necessary medical care and our Foster Team will provide full support throughout the foster period. You will be responsible for transporting the foster animal to scheduled medical appointments and/or adoption events and ask that you provide the animal with any necessary medicine.
Prerequisites: No previous training is required.
Volunteer Hours: A traditional foster period is between 2 -4 weeks

Foster Family Support Network

Responsibilities: Follow-up with new fosters to see how animals are doing, provide support, confirm fosters are providing the required level of care, and answer any questions fosters may have. Volunteers should commit to following up with 10-30 foster families a month (1-2 phone calls per family).
Training: Volunteers should have experience interacting with fosters and animals Initial training will be conducted at the Rescue and Recovery Center, but follow-up calls can be made from the volunteer’s home. If need be, initial training can be conducted at the Adoption Center located at 1997 N. Clybourn Ave.
Volunteer Hours: An initial Meeting can take place Sundays through Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. while follow-up calls can be done during business hours from the volunteer’s home.

Foster Program Recruitment & Informational Support

Responsibilities: Contact applicants for the foster program to describe the program, identify their interest and ability to foster, and answer any questions.
Training: Initial training will be conducted at the Rescue and Recovery Center, but follow-up calls can be made from the volunteer’s home. If need be, initial training can be conducted at the Adoption Center (1997 N. Clybourn Ave.).
Volunteer Hours: An initial Meeting can take place Sundays through Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Database and Document Editor

Responsibilities: Enter new information into our main database to keep information current and accurate. Volunteers will also edit new documents and help create others when needed.
Training: Initial training will be conducted at the Rescue and Recovery Center.
Volunteer Hours: An initial Meeting can take place Sundays through Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Community Education & Outreach

PAWS Chicago’s humane education and community outreach volunteers support at-risk communities through education and outreach. These volunteers are advocates for the animals and help educate the community on the importance of issues like pet homelessness, dog fighting, puppy mills, spay/neuter and the No Kill movement. PAWS Chicago is focused on several programs to help the people and animals in these targeted neighborhoods.
Location: 3516 W. 26th Street
Volunteer Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday

Trap Neuter Release (TNR) Program

TNR is the only humane solution to the outdoor cat population and the number one way PAWS Chicago is going to reduce the kitten and cat population at Animal Care and Control. PAWS Chicago is a sponsoring organization under the Cook County TNR ordinance and helps caregivers with the care of feral colonies.
Responsibilities: Answer phone and email inquires about TNR and offer information about how to help the community cats in Chicago. Volunteers will also organize trapping projects, help trap outdoor cats, assist with before and after surgical care of cats, record keeping, and running TNR workshops (special training required).
Requirements: On-site training and mediation is provided. Special training will be provided for volunteers interested in running TNR workshops. Spanish speaking a plus.

Pet Food Bank Program

The Pet Food Bank (PFB) program has been in place since 2008 is run almost solely by volunteers. We use donated food and supplies to distribute thousands of pounds of food each month. Pet owners register for the temporary PFB program when they are in an urgent financial situation and are faced with relinquishing family pets.
Responsibilities: Answer phone and email inquiries about the PFB, and help people register and schedule appointments. Volunteers also procure food donations from individuals and businesses, organize the transport of donated pet supplies, organize donated supplies, pack and distribute pet food pick-ups and record keeping.
Requirements: Spanish speaking a plus

Humane Education Presenter Volunteers

Responsibilities: Volunteers transport educational materials and equipment to the presentation site, deliver presentations, answer audience questions and pass our information materials on animal adoption and the importance of spay/neuter.
Location: Schools, libraries, festivals, park districts, and churches in targeted zip codes.
Requirements: Complete PAWS Chicago’s Humane Education Presentation training program.
Volunteer Hours: Volunteer hours vary. Most presentations are scheduled Monday – Friday, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Community Outreach Event Volunteers

Responsibilities: Volunteers staff tables at community outreach events, distribute PAWS Chicago information, talk to event attendees about the benefits of spay/neuter, and promote the services of the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic.
Location: Schools, libraries, festivals, park districts, and churches in targeted zip codes.
Requirements: Spanish speaking a plus.
Volunteer Hours: Events are scheduled seven days-a-week, typically between 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Financial Assistance

For those who do not qualify for free or our lowest cost spay/neuter surgeries, customers may sign up for our “Volunteer for Voucher” program in which PAWS Chicago pays for a portion of the surgery and customers pay the remainder, supplemented with volunteer hours.
Responsibilities: Answer phone and email inquiries about the Financial Assistance program, help people sign-up and schedule volunteer hours, monitor volunteers, and assist with record keeping.
Requirements: Spanish speaking a plus

Special Events

PAWS Chicago holds fundraising and adoption events throughout the year that find homes, raise money and increase awareness for Chicago’s homeless animals. Make a life-changing difference in the lives of people and animals in Chicago by getting involved!

Special Event Volunteers

Responsibilities: Volunteer opportunities for special events vary per event, but there are opportunities for all levels of volunteers at each event, which can include animal transport, dog handlers, cat monitors, greeters, silent auction/raffle ticket sales, event set-up/tear-down, etc.
Training: While most volunteer roles can be filled with any level of training, there are specific roles that do require more seasoned or experienced volunteers (i.e. Dog Town training is required to handle a PAWS Chicago dog during an event; volunteer leads need to have deep knowledge of PAWS Chicago).
Volunteer Hours: Volunteer hours are specified for each volunteer role at each event.

Special Event Lead Volunteers

Responsibilities: Serve as leaders and a point-of-contact for a portion of the volunteer base at special events and directly communicate opportunities and/or concerns with staff members. Lead volunteer opportunities are available in a variety of roles, including dog and cat handlers, greeters, silent auction/raffle ticket sales, dog spa, etc., depending on the event.
Requirements: Lead volunteers should have attended prior PAWS Chicago’s special events so that you are familiar with the event and be knowledgeable and able to speak to others about the organization’s goals and objectives. Lead dog and cat handlers at event should be at least a Level 2 cat/dog handler.
Volunteer Hours: Volunteer hours are specified for each volunteer role at each event, however lead volunteers are often asked to arrive earlier than other event volunteers.

Professional Board

The PAWS Chicago Professional Board raises funds via a variety of fundraising events which help support PAWS Chicago’s programs, The Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and innovative adoption and humane education/community outreach programs.

Professional Board Volunteers

Responsibilities: Professional Board members play an integral role in planning exciting fundraising events which have a direct impact on saving the lives of thousands of homeless cats and dogs in Chicago. Members assist with fundraising programs and events, including brainstorming, planning and serving on event committees.
Training: On-site training for special events.
Requirements: Members are asked to attend two out of the four Professional Board meetings and one event. $75 membership dues per calendar year.

 



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